Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) Associate in Science
For the Summer Term 2020, we are offering online and remote courses. There will be no campus-based classes offered in Summer 2020. Remote courses show a day and time, and will meet virtually via live video.
After an injury, a patient needs a skilled set of hands to help them recover. This is where you come in. Become trained in physical therapy, and learn the application of physical agents, massage, gait training and therapeutic exercises that help relieve pain and restore function.
Getting Started: Fall 2020
June 8: Financial Aid
Aug. 17: Application
Aug. 24: Classes Begin
Why Seminole State?
- Affordable tuition: Earn a state university education at about half the cost.
- Small class sizes: With classes of 30 or less, you don’t have to learn in an auditorium.
- Online degree option: Most courses for our A.S. degrees are offered in person and online, so you can study when and where you want.
- Seamless transition: Most A.S. graduates earn credits that can be applied to a bachelor's degree at Seminole State or at the University of Central Florida through DirectConnect™ to UCF.*
- Job Placement: According to state data, most Seminole State A.S. programs have placement rates above 90 percent.
*A.S. students who are planning to transfer to bachelor's degree programs should meet with a counselor, advisor or specialist to make sure the required courses are taken and the entry requirements are met.
Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) Associate in Science
Major Code : PTA-AS
Educational Pathway: PTA-AS
Seminole State’s Physical Therapist Assistant Associate in Science (A.S.) degree is accredited by the American Physical Therapy Association’s Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE). Students accepted into this limited-access program complete lecture, lab and clinical experiences during a five-term, lock-step course sequence. Coursework emphasizes patient care, PT principals and procedures, neurological and orthopedic therapies and industry trends. Graduates are eligible for licensure after successfully passing the National Physical Therapy Exam and the State Laws and Rules Exam.
This is a limited-access program. Candidates must:
- Apply and be accepted to Seminole State College and complete the Postsecondary Education Readiness Test (PERT) or equivalent, if necessary;
- Complete and submit appropriate documentation for a minimum of 20 hours of observation, volunteer service, or work experience in more than one type of physical therapy setting. More than 20 hours and two types of facilities are recommended and will be considered in the selection of candidates. Observation hours in excess of 100 will not be considered. Students can submit up to 100 hours from the last three years. At least 20 hours must be completed within one year of application submission deadline.
- Complete the TEAS® exam with a minimum Adjusted Individual Total Score of 59% (or scaled score of 422).
- Provide their MySeminoleState unofficial transcript to indicate an overall GPA of 2.5 or higher.
- Students from other accredited colleges (not Seminole State) must provide official transcripts for evaluation by the Office of Student Records. Once evaluation of transcripts is completed, it may be downloaded by logging into MySeminoleState.
- Submit the completed PTA Program application packet available on the PTA website by February 28 with all attachments: MySeminoleState unofficial transcripts, PTA Program Application Form and forms documenting work, volunteer or observation experience.
- All students enrolled in a Healthcare Professional program with a clinical or practicum component will be required to complete a full background check with drug/alcohol screening. Students are encouraged to review the clinical facility requirements prior to beginning their course work.
Or any Area B or C General Education Science Course (Note: BSC 2010C is a prerequisite for BSC 2093C)
Students can satisfy the English Requirement with either ENC 1101 English I or ENC 1102 English II.
Humanities General Education course
Psychology or Sociology General Education course
Associate in Science (A.S.) degrees are designed to prepare graduates for immediate entry into their chosen career field. A.S. degree graduates may transfer into certain baccalaureate programs. Students planning to transfer to baccalaureate programs should consult with Student Affairs counselors, advisors or specialists to make sure required courses are taken and entry requirements are met for the college/university program of their choice.
Textbook information will be available online for each term's courses 45 days prior to the first day of classes for the term.
Each course offered by Seminole State is listed alphabetically and organized by the course prefix, catalog number and description. The courses in this catalog are identified by prefixes and numbers that were assigned by Florida's Statewide Course Numbering System, a system used by all public postsecondary institutions in Florida and 32 non-public institutions. Seminole State controls the description, credit and content of its own courses.
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Your pursuit of higher education is admirable. So why struggle with high tuition in the process? Here we make life’s next steps affordable. Whether you’re seeking a university transfer (A.A.) degree, a four-year bachelor’s, an Associate in Science degree or even earning a technical certificate, you’ll find reasonable tuition and payment plans that make sense. And to us, that’s scholarly.
In fact, a full-time college education at Seminole State is more than $10,000 less each year than most state universities.
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Tuition and Fee Comparison*
|Tuition and Fees||$3,131||$6,380||$6,480||$6,379|
|Room and Board||-0-||$10,220||$10,666||$10,010|
|Books and Supplies||$1,000||$850||$1,000||$1,200|
For more information on Seminole State's tuition and fees, please see the 2019-20 fee schedule.
* Tuition costs are based on Fall 2019 and Spring 2020 terms, with 15 credit hours per term for in-state students. Dorm fees, meal plans and book expenses are estimates based on information provided on each university's website. As Seminole State is a commuter college with no residence halls on its campuses, costs for room and board are not calculated.
Physical Therapist Assistants (PTAs) play an important role in helping people regain their independence and mobility following an illness or injury. An integral member of a rehabilitation team, PTAs work under the supervision of a physical therapist to help patients of all ages improve their quality of life by restoring physical function or preventing permanent disability. PTAs are responsible for implementing treatment protocols, teaching exercises, performing therapies and reporting client response to the physical therapist. In addition to direct patient care, they also assist with patient transport, preparation for treatments and maintenance of equipment.
Physical Therapist Assistants work in a variety of settings including acute and rehabilitation hospitals, private physical therapy offices, community health centers, outpatient and sports facilities, corporate or industrial health centers, research institutions, extended care facilities and schools, colleges and universities.
For career information related to this program, please visit O*Net OnLine.
The demand for PTAs continues to grow as the nation’s rising aging population lives a longer, more active lifestyle. Due to a nationwide shortage of PTAs, employment in this field is expected to grow by 45 percent (much faster than average) through 2020 (Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics).
Graduates of this program are qualified to earn the Florida Physical Therapy Assistant, Florida Department of Health, (FDMQA018) industry certification.